1. I think about the main focal color that I would like to showcase. In this example, my “pumpkin pie kitty” painting, I want to showcase the orange of the pumpkin pie; so my main color that I MUST use is orange. 2. Then I add black and white, and another color. The other color will mostly likely be an analogous (orange-red or orange-yellow), complementary (blue), or shifted complementary (blue-green or blue-violet). 3. Do color comp. Pick one. And…. Happy painting!